Items to know for Essentials R2

http://blogs.technet.com/b/sbs/archive/2014/02/21/deploying-windows-server-2012-r2-essentials-in-an-existing-active-directory-environment.aspx


http://blogs.technet.com/b/sbs/archive/2014/02/17/deploying-windows-server-2012-r2-standard-datacenter-with-windows-server-essentials-experience-role-in-an-existing-active-directory-environment.aspx


A couple of things to keep in mind at the present time – which are not well documented (IMHO).


The first thing is that the Essentials wizards will only work when there is one and only one DC.  All those thoughts and plans of a multiple DC SMB deployment using either Essentials or Essentials role?  Yeah no can do right now.  Bugged.  Have no idea of a ETA for a fix.


The second thing is that these wizards also can only be run when the Essentials IS the domain controller.  So If you had the plan to make the Essentials role a member server and still offer up a RWA like experience… well you can.. .but just as long as the one and only DC is also that 2012 R2 server with the Essentials role – or it’s an Essentials sku. (see http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/windowsserver/en-US/ed131f6a-9f81-41af-8e85-ef73ed3321cd/essentials-experience-on-member-server-office-365-integration?forum=winserveressentials for a bit more discussion)


If you add an Essentials server to an existing domain and it’s in the member server role only – it will only backup clients.

One Thought on “Items to know for Essentials R2

  1. Rick Desautels on February 25, 2014 at 10:29 am said:

    A couple of things to keep in mind at the present time – which are not well documented (IMHO).

    The “What’s New in Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials” page describes exactly what you are looking for.
    http://technet.microsoft.com/library/dn303448.aspx
    Under the topic of Office 365 integration and at bottom in Microsoft Online Services Integration.
    I will agree, there is no obvious information on how to do it, just the requirements.

    Rick Desautels
    RiVal Computer Solutions
    rickd@rivalcs.com

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